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Amanda Occhipinti, L.Ac.

  • Licensed Acupuncturist (NJ)
  • Nationally Board Certified (NCCAOM)
  • Clean Needle Technique Certified (CCAOM)
  • Masters in Science in Acupuncture (M.S.A.C.) from Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine, NJ
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Drew University with a B.A. in Behavioral Science
  • Specialty training in Japanese style acupuncture 
  • Specialty training in treating orthopedic and psycho-emotional disorders
  • Advanced level training in Classical Medical QiGong for treating internal disorders
  • Advanced level practitioner of Sujok Acupuncture, a form of acupuncture reflexology developed in Korea by Professor Park Jae Woo
  • Amanda has advanced training directly under Roberto Andrade, L.Ac. in Applied Kinesiology, Yin Tang Therapeutics System for Internal Diagnosis, Myo-Cranial Therapy, modern homeopathy, Functional Meridian Analysis, and Cold-Laser Therapy.
  • Studied nutrition with Dr. Michael Dobbins, D.C. on topics including:
            -Breakthrough nutritional insights and products of Dr. Royal Lee
            -Natural vs. "Synthetic" supplements
            -The Theory of Protomorphology as developed by Dr. Royal Lee
  • Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • Certified in Nutritional and Herbal Detoxification by Dr. Robert Morse

Dear Patient,

I thought you'd like know about how I came to my journey as a practitioner.

As a third generation holistic practitioner, I have seen first hand the amazing power of natural medicine throughout my whole life. Understanding that the body can heal itself was an integral part of my upbringing. While my peers would go to their western doctor when they were sick, I would receive Chiropractic adjustments, they would be taking medications, and I would be supplementing with vitamins or food. I knew from a very young age I wanted to help others with their body’s own healing powers to get and stay well.

In college I studied Behavioral Science with a double minor in Business and Italian, but I would question whether social work was my true calling. Healing others was the goal, but how was I going to get there? Psychology and neuroscience were my favorite courses, but I never felt “right” about potentially dispensing medications to patients, when I knew there was another, natural way. 

In 2012 my life changed forever when I was in a serious car accident. The left side of my face and body went numb, I was in pain all over, and mentally traumatized from the event. In the past, because of my healthy lifestyle, I always recovered quite quickly from any injuries, but after the accident I was constantly in pain, fatigued, suffering from migraines, having mood swings, anxiety and worst of all, not feeling like myself. Intervention beyond my normal routine of eating right, exercising, and taking adjustments needed to occur.

It was at that time I received my first acupuncture treatment, where I remember having an outer-body experience. It was amazing! Treatment after treatment I would notice my energy would improve, the pain would dissipate, and emotionally I would feel more balanced. What really solidified that Acupuncture would be my calling was when all of a sudden, my migraines stopped. What was truly remarkable about that symptom
resolving was that I NEVER told the Acupuncturist I suffered from migraines! The next week I submitted my application to the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine, where I dedicated myself to learning the art and science behind Acupuncture. The more I learned about it, the more excited I became and each day my love of Acupuncture has continued to grow. In my final year of school, I was accepted into the Veterans Program. For a year I treated our Veterans at the East Orange VA Campus gaining invaluable experience in treating a variety of conditions, particularly post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), neurological disorders, and acute and chronic orthopedic issues. 

Since 2014 I have been shadowing and working alongside Roberto Andrade to learn his effective, extraordinary methods of practicing Acupuncture. I am eternally grateful to be working as an a natural healer and Acupuncturist and I could not be any happier doing anything else. I enjoy treating everyone and everything because each connection made with a patient brings an opportunity to learn. I believe that being an Acupuncturist is my true calling. I love what I do and look forward to sharing my passion with you.

Amanda Occhipinti, L.Ac.